Establishing precepts

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2014.

  • Being samsara addicts, looking outside for pleasure, success, approval
  • Actions that aren’t conducive for a renunciate life
  • Origin stories of the precepts
  • Euthanasia and keeping people on life support
  • Overview of prescriptive precepts: poshadha, varsha, pravarana; and the kathina ceremony
  • Precepts are trainings we take voluntarily
  • Two different meanings of “shame”
05 Exploring Monastic Life: Precepts 08-09-14

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